The real MVP of DCC auditions is...Kristi Scales.
Y'all can think what you want that VK isn't promised a spot on the team, but I am going to have to side with SS on this. They have been here as long or longer than I have and there's no doubt in my mind that she has a spot. She had one last year, but she assed around and lost it!
Living in Texas 45 years (next month-good Lort, when did that happen?!?!), I don't necessarily think it's the show that causes the dip in people who audition; however, as a person who was going to audition as a "bucket list" item after my strokes, I absolutely wouldn't now due to the mean segments where they play that 1,2,3 turnaround song and show people who are bit "dcc chunky." and not great dancers. I haven't danced in 10 years, but I still have coordination. Could I outdance 18-25 year olds? HELL NO! Again, I am not serious. I just want to do it for fun. That would break my heart. Especially when Charlotte is so rude and catty to women who are older and obviously KNOW they aren't going to make the team.
I think the crowds are smaller because there are enough negative press coming from lack of pay, weight harassment, how controlling they are with schedules, and it's just adding up.
Last thing, my dream triangle. I love Amy. I always have because I have always been a milquetoast wallflower myself. : ) I think it should be Heather, Amy, and Gina in the triangle, but they're all three blondes so I don't know which one gets ousted because I know Maddie will keep her spot. Amy, Maddie, and ???? would be a boring triangle. Make Gina a redhead. Her hair is looking dry. That might help it.
Whew. Okay, sorry for the length. I finally remembered my hummingbird login! yayayayay!